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substantial snowfall. >> axelrod: jeff, thank you so much. it's nine days now until the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts. still, congress has gone home for the holidays. and today, president obama and his family arrived in honolulu, where they'll celebrate christmas. the president says he is ready to return to make a deal. retailers called today "super saturday." it is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. businesses are banking on it because so far this season, sales numbers have not been as strong as many had hoped to see. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: kidding around is a specialty toy store in new york city. you won't find any of this stuff at target, wal-mart? >> no. >> reporter: the owner says today is his busiest day of the year. within the last month, what have your sales been? >> they're up from last year about 5.5%, but some of that is the influence of the early hanukkah. >> reporter: he's doing better than most retailers. shoppertrak, which monitors consumer behavior nationwide, predicted holiday sales growth of 3.3%. they just cut it to
thank you. there are eight days now until the fiscal cliff of big tax increases for most americans. and across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget. even with congress's adjourned and president obama out of town some lawmakers today talked about a last minute deal. >> my own belief is what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer the president's last offer split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion already done. that would be close to the $4 trillion we need to stabilize the debt and begin to bring it down. >> i would vote for revenues including tax rate hikes even though i don't like them, to get a-- to save the country from becoming greece tax rate hikes are part of the solution driven by the president. but he's going to get tax rate hikes. to my republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the american public from a tax hike that is not a tax increase in my books. >> jeff: with christmas just two days away last minute gift guire-- buyers are out. today shopper track said saturday was the buse
on the middle class. the fiscal cliff deadline is jab 1st. if no deal is reach by then, income taxes will go up for everyone. >>> it appears that former president george h.w. bush may not make it home from the hospital in time for christmas. the statement released tonight says mr. bush had a few low energy days and he'll stay in the hospital a little longer just adds a precaution, they say. the 41st president has been in the hospital since just after thanksgiving. he was initially admitted for a nasty cough braunbronchitis. >>> still ahead a call for stricter gun control in the wake of the tragedy in newtow >>> the nra argued this week that more guns in schools in the hands of trained professionals could protect america's children. you can see an exclusive interview with the wayne la pierre tomorrow morning on "meet the press" at 10:30 right here on nbc 4. >>> well, what's your excuse? ahead tonight some of the surprising things people will tell their bosses to get the day off from work. >>> plus no more wind. it's now just >>> if you've ever told a little white lie to your boss to get some tim
until tomorrow. >>> solving the fiscal cliff. one millionaire says he is ready for his taxes to go up. his message to the 1%. >>> and we will have the legendary barry manilow join us later in this hour. he will tell us why a jewish boy is singing christmas caroles so much. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking advair. if you're still having difficulty breathing, ask your doctor if including advair could help improve your lung function. get your first full prescript
and it in racing tax brackets on what people earn. why is chained cpi suddenly so vital to the fiscal cliff negotiation? it isn't a spending cut or a tax hike, but it would effectively cut spending and raise taxes on some, saving the government an estimated $300 billion over the next decade. the problem is that what that means is that seniors, the longer they live, the less money they would actually take home. they would see a cut to their benefits and that's what has progressives so upset. >> politically speaking, this was a significant concession from the democrats or was it just an accounting fix? >> well you know, it was both of those things. it is an accounting fix. it is a significant concession from democrats. some democrats who i spoke to said look, maybe i would consider this maybe. but only if we could have some sort of mechanism, ali, that a senior past age 85 who would be facing six or 8% cut in benefits, maybe there would be an adjustment to make sure, especially for people who are very poor, that there would be some sort of safety net. paul krugerman has said liberal firebrand
before we go over that fiscal cliff and everybody's taxes go up. i'm sure a lot of us feel they shouldn't be taking time off. >> that's right. there's not a lot to celebrate now. let's bring in george stephanopoulos. great to see you, george. things are coming down to the wire. we just have a few days left. what are the odds they can come up with a deal especially republicans can't agree. >> there's not going to be a big deal. that's just not happening. those talks completely collapsed this week and ended once and for all when house speaker john boehner couldn't even pass his backup plan in the house on thursday. the only possibility right now would be some kind of a very small -- some measure that would just extend the tax cuts for everyone earning under $250,000. it should be a lot of protection for a lot of people, but even that is going to be difficult. you get it only if there's a promise not to filibuster that measure in the senate and the house speaker agrees to take it up. both of those questions are very open right now. >> a lot of open questions and high stakes for a lot of pe
in a sense, the fiscal cliff is in a sense artificial, if he has the power to raise taxes next year for six months and then get down to serious negotiations after the congress-- >> and should republicans be willing to raise rates? say we lost the election, now what, we're just going to, we have to do it. >> well, i think if the president had put something that was like $1 of tax increases for every $4 that he was cutting, then there could be an argument for doing that, but he's not there. >> paul: all right, mary, thank you. still ahead, four state department officials were removed from their post after a r r r r r r r >> a scathing report this week blames systemic failures in leadership and management deficiencies at the state department for inadequate security at the u.s. consulate in benghazi before the september 11th attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. in testimony before congress this week, two top advisors to secretary of state hillary clinton vowed to do better and to improve security at u.s. diplomatic posts around the world. clinton herself was s
is the fiscal cliff. president obama addressed the nation saying that he met republicans halfway and still no deal was reached meaning the future for tax cuts is still uncertain. >> reporter: d.c. may be shutting down for christmas but the clock last not stopped running on the fiscal cliff which is closer than ever. no deal was reached this week to keep taxes from going up on everyone. john boehner says he is hopeful that a deal could be reached but in a speech, he continues to hammer away at president obama. >> this was year the size of the debt, all $16 trillion of it surpassed the size of our entire economy. it's a grim milestone, one of many that we'll have to bear if we don't come to grips. the president's solution of raising tax rates would still leave red ink as far as the eye can see. >> the president landed in hawaii for a shorter than usual christmas break. he will return to washington after christmas to walk on the fiscal cliff. he is acknowledging the political reality by pushing a scaled back plan for a tax on the middle class. >> even though democrats and republicans are argu
an economic crisis from this so-called fiscal cliff. some say no deal is what the country needs to cut spending and raise taxes. what will happen? national correspondent live in washington with the details. good morning, steve. >> good morning, eric. the two sides in the fiscal cliff debate had their say before heading home for christmas, but no deal of course. after house speaker john boehner called off his push for a plan b last week saying the ball is now in the democrats' court. there has been no movement toward any deal. democrats want tax hikes for the wealthy. republicans want spending cuts. and some in the gop say the president doesn't want to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all of this additional tax revenue for new programs and he gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> president obama for his part said he is optimistic a deal c
a fiscal crisis collapsed a so-called plan b after some conservatives balked at p provisions to let tax rates rise on those making over a million dollars. is there a plan c or over the fiscal cliff. dan henninger, editorial board member. mary anastasia o'grady and jason riley. where do we stand right now with the collapse of plan b? >> well, it's no fun being john boehner right now. he's still in a tight spot and the concern that the republicans have is that obama's panel strength and as we go over the cliff and tax rates go up. but i really think the buck stops with the president here. when you go into the negotiating sessions, paul and you're expected to make concessions, but you're expect today get something in return and boehner made a major concession on rights and the president is giving him nothing in return to take that to his caucus and say, this is what happened in the horse trading. it's all or nothing, obama seems determined to humiliate the opposition. >> paul: boehner made two concessions, first 800 billion on the table in revenue and don't raise rates when the president s
of the fiscal cliff. the fiscal cliff needs to be avoided. the speaker should bring the middle-class tax cut to the floor of the house for a vote. only has to do is let democrats vote and it will pass. the clock is ticking. there is still time for the speaker to avoid that cliff. the senate-passed bill would protect 90% of small businesses while president obama [inaudible] and that agreement should be comprehensive. simply pass the senate bill. the only reason he worked for a day or two so it would not pass. that did not work either. americans are not fooled by the speaker's thani procedural excuses -- phony procedural excuses. let me be very plain. there is nothing preventing the speaker from taking up our bill and giving middle-class families certainty. this is not a game. there will be very serious consequences for millions of families if congress fails to compromise. there will be serious consequences for our country if congress kills to compromise. -- fails to compromise. it is time for the house republicans to remember what is at stake. $250,000 program would pass overwhelmingly in the
think maybe he does want to go over the fiscal cliff. that's how he gets what he wants. higher tax rates on everybody and extra cuts on defense. you know he is a professor. he is a lecturer. i think he is accustomed to telling people what he wants them to know and then eliciting a certain response. in the house we have had bipartisan support to extend taxes, deal with a sequester, the things on harry reid's desk. we would like to see action from the president and the senate. >> congressman blackburn thank you very much. great to see you. we hope you have a very merry christmas. >> thank you. >>> this just into our newsroom. new video of an airstrike in syria. a report that dozens have been killed and many more injured in the attack by the government on a bakery in the town of halfaya. that town was recently taken over by rebels. >>> during the budget meeting, they say the u.s. needs to reexamine how the military plays a role in protecting our diplomats. at a time when our country is looming near fiscal cliff and see -- see questions station is around the bend how do you protect? he is a
of the consequences of going off of the fiscal cliff. in terms of the tax increases, it would mean another $221 billion. .he bush tax cuts expiring i payroll tax relief would expire and raise another $95 billion. i dish the provisions expire -- additional provisions expire for $65 million. the new affordable care act taxes would raise $18 billion. $65 billion in spending cuts for the budget control act, otherwise known as sequestration. $26 billion in emergency unemployment benefits would expire. $11 billion for medicare physician payment cuts. this is also according to reuters. back to the phones. jim from michigan on the line for democrats. how are you? caller: i'm great. host: where is your city in michigan? guest: near notre dame. caller: i have a comment on your previous caller. one of the impressions you get is as if our spending started with obama, the out-of-control spending. that was in place with bush. obama inherited it. we have two wars in iraq and afghanistan. a believer that it seems as if we have no choice did let the fiscal cliff happen. there is no way we can get our spending u
billions of dollars more than even black friday. >>> well, with time running out to avoid the fiscal cliff, democrats and republicans have retreated to their home bases with all signs tonight pointing to us going over that cliff. that means taxes for 90% of us will be going up in days unless an agreement is reached. president barack obama is now in hawaii for christmas with his family. yesterday he urged the congress to adopt a stopgap measure to prevent taxes from rising on income under $250,000 a year and keep benefits flowing to unemployed folks. house speaker john boehner, he's home in cincinnati tonight. he failed to get members of his own party to support his plan b proposal for ending the crisis. today boehner was back on the attack, blaming democrats for the stalemate by refusing to include entitlements in the networkses. >> what the president has offered won't do anything to help our spending problem and address the crippling debt. he wants more spending and tax hikes that will hurt our economy, and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with thentitleme
in cuts. any hope of going over the fiscal cliff must start in the senate. not one democrat would support the idea that we could protect 99% of americans from a tax increase. boehner's plan b i thought made as soon as. to my republican colleagues, the ronald reagan model is if you get 80% of what you want, that's a good day. i like simpson-bowles. the president is going to get tax rate hikes. to my republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the public from a tax hike that, is not a tax increase in my book. chuck, maybe you and me and some other people in the senate can find a way to find this on the short term but on the long term there's not going to be a deal >> you think we're going to go over the cliff? >> i think we're going to fall out of the fiscal tree. the big chance at the big deal is at the debt ceiling. that's when we'll have leverage to turn the country around, prevent from becoming greece and save social security and medicare. to anybody listening, i will raise the debt ceiling only if we save medicare and social security from insolvency and prevent this country from be
. in august we passed a bill to extend all of the tax rates. we did deal with the fiscal cliff issues weeks have passed that. it's harry reid and the president that have yet to come up with something. if it was so easy, if they thought they had a solution to it, why didn't on friday they come to the table and actually pass something? the pressure is on them, what can they pass in the senate? >> harold, you know the politics of this but you also know the markets and how they've been reacting and wall street and corporate america more generally. is there new pessimism that we're, a, not going to get a deal and not solve the issue anyway? >> big disappointment. people outside of washington understand clearly. a couple hundred billion over ten years separating both sides. the question becomes can washington still govern itself? two, there's a realization we're in the middle of a small recovery. if we find ourselves not able to resolve this moment, it retards and slows and undermines what we see ourselves doing going forward. finally, for the life of me as someone who sfrd there, it was so distr
that try to ban guns. >> the current battle in washington has to do with the fiscal cliff. two senior senators took to the airwaves today to discuss what happens next. democrat chuck schumer and suggested republicans needed to work on a partisan solution and accept the reality of tax increases. republican senator lindsey graham says he does not expect a big deal until the next round of debt ceiling talks. >> our republican colleagues, by refusing to go along with revenues, are risking the fiscal cliff. >> there will not be a big deal. the chance for a big deal is with the debt ceiling. that is one of will have leverage to turn the country around. >> president obama urged congress to get a deal done when they returned from christmas break. president obama was among the dignitaries that attended the memorial service for the senator. the world war ii was the first japanese-american elected to both houses of congress, serving hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. he was 88 years old. former president bush is still in stable condition in a houston hospital.
was a percent and a half lower because of all the uncertainty about the things with the fiscal cliff and the debt limit and so on. so that's a percent and a and a. we have got a percent out of taxes, half a percent to a percent out of fiscal consolidation and a percent and a half out of certainty. if you do it all at once, you probably won't get the high-end number. but i am very on optimistic thaf we just get ahead of the curve on these problems, that we can have the country we remember. thank you. >> thank you. i want to turn o jason. he -- turn to jason. we all know that in a financial sense and medicare are in trouble, but what we asked can him and charles blah house to do was how do you reform the social security system so it's not just fixing it in terms of making it balanced, but what do you do to get growth? what's the answer to that question? >> i have two hours, right? >> two minutes. [laughter] >> first of all, i want to thank everyone involved in this project. and, mr. president, thank you -- >> jason, why don't you sit here, because we're getting a little -- >> feedback?
wallace gets the latest on the fiscal cliff from lawmakers in the now. exclusive interviews with republican john burasso. today we saw the three funerals for the final three children. 7 year old josen gay . six year oldnana mar quiz green . parker was laid to rest in u>> she had just celebrated her 7th birthday three days before the attack. ana mar questions-greene moved to the area from canada . she was emily parker knew to the earlier from ogden, utah . the father said the world is a better place for having had emily in it. pope john paul ii sending an inspirational christmas message . one that speaks louder than words and all what it had to do with the man on the right. >> and run away shopping cart with . but you will see there is a child in the cart . millions of americans, preparing to reach the holiday destination . the weather may not cooperate with the plans. meteorologist maria mowill you pleasa in the extreme weather center. stay close. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? u
plunge off the fiscal cliff, even if we don't go off the fiscal cliff, the new york post has broken it down this morning and said, remember how -- president obama has been able to say he's lowering everybody's taxes because he put in that payroll holiday and payroll tax holiday. so everybody's taxes for the past two years, the social security tax 6.2 to 4.2%. that expires, sun sets at the end of this and that's not part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. everybody's-- there will be a bite taken out of every single person's paycheck because that holiday is over. >> clayton: yes, 2% we're talking here so it's going to go back to, as alisyn pointed out, that 6.2%, it's currently 4.2%. will they extend this thing? is this part of the negotiations? we don't know, so far it hasn't been, is it going to be put on the table at any point. >> kelly: unlike you, people on capitol hill scratching their heads and saying, what is going on, why haven't we had a common sense agreement bipartisan to get something done and everyone is scratching their heads and wall street is saying we're very uncerta
price of georgia to challenge john deere for the job. much more on what is next for the fiscal cliff. one week before we reach that point. the deadline is december 31, january 1. the president is in hawaii. the house and senate are also in set -- in session this week. elliot engel, weighing in on a number of topics, including rumors that former republican senator chuck a bill could be nominated as defense secretary. you heard from the president on friday as he nominated senator john kerry as secretary of state and the new speculation about chuckle over at the pentagon. here are the comments of congressman dingell, the incoming democratic member of the house foreign affairs committee. but there is a huge opposition to the potential nomination of chuckled to become the next secretary of defense, even the president obama has not made his decision. the former senator has come under fire for statements he has made, including one where he referred to the pro-israel lobby as the "jewish lobby." what is your reaction to that remark? >> i think that remark is a troublesome and problematic. it
eggnog, sing some careless, maybe reached the fiscal cliff deal. how speaker john boehner is doing damage control on their plan b mess. before heading out for the holidays. even as americans are facing more than $500 billion in tax hikes coming on january 1. with more on this, we have peter barnes, fox business sr. washington correspondent. what did the president have to say moments ago? >> john boehner did say that this would be a coolinoff period. maybe they would have some time to reflect here. the president said that he did speak on the phone to speaker john boehner this afternoon. he also had majority leader harry reid to avoid the fiscal cliff and figure out a passport. he said he is ready and willing to try to get a compromise package done. all at once or stuff like that. but we'll have to wait until after the holiday. the president planning to hold out for the holidays, and congress is out for the holidays. the president saying that putting pressure began on republicans, house republicans, to least extend tax cuts for the middle class. that would be the step by scratch in transit
with the country a week interest ligds off the fiscal cliff "the wall street journal" has a terrific reconstruction of how the talks collapsed. one point president obama reminded john boehner of the election results saying, you're asking me to accept mitt romney's tax plan. why would i do that? the general piece is packed with revealing details. boehner's backup bill dubbed plan b may have failed spectacularly on thursday night, never got to a vote, but t"the daily beast" had its own failure, reported that plan had passed plan b before correcting the error 15 minutes later. hillary clinton did not testify this week the a congressional hearings on the benghazi attack because she's recovering from a concussion suffered after she had fainted. some fox news commentators practically demanded she get a note from her doctor. >> she's suffering from acute benghazi allergy which causes lightheadedness when she hears the word benghazi or is being asked about it. >> how could she get a concussion when she's been ducking everything. this is what i don't understand. makes no sense to me. >> hillary clinton, i g
.com. the country is now just eight days away from falling off the looming fiscal cliff. >> the first holiday land in the dark but woke up to paradise. >> washington has a serious spinning problem. >> this played in the capitol and would echo through the house. >> the president's laws of raising tax rates would still leave -- >> the republican leader took a rhetorical holiday swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck here in washington trying to prevent by fellow kentuckians from having to shell out more money to uncle sam next year. >> we are learning more about how the negotiations fell apart. unnamed source said when the speaker offered $800 billion in revenue by limit being deductions, the speaker asked what to i get? the president reportedly responded you get nothing. i get that for free. unable to agree on a big deal on taxes and entitlements, the president is now hoping to get a small deal. extend middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can it? consider speaker boehner's other w
is the inevitable that we go over the fiscal cliff. true, it was asking the house republicans to vote for a tax increase. but it was -- they got some cover from grower and others and i think it was a political exercise more so than anythings and it had enabled the work, it would have changed the scenario. >> governor, you know first-hand the politics of raising taxes. what did you make of all this? >> i almost felt sorry for speaker boehner. being torn apart by his own caucus. i'm enthusiastic about them passing anything. tax bills have to start in the house. the senate can take whatever vehicle they send over and substitute for it something that makes sense and have it sent back and it's on them to say yes or no as to whether we go over the cliff. that's really the approach. >> so you want to see something come out of the house? >> anything. anything. and you substitute the total bill. but it has to come out of the house and that's the rationale for getting something there. >> they actually did get something out of the house early last week. they stopped the defense sequester and that's all th
break. briana keiller joins us from honolulu. hello, briana. is this fiscal cliff deadline getting closer, what do we think will happen as the holidays rolls out here? >> reporter: well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on the house or it's possible that they could take a bill that they've already passed back in july with the threshold of those tax hikes being at the $250,000 level and that they could kind of say to the house, okay, now the ball is in your court. you have to deal with this, but it's still very much a possibility, don, that this doesn't work out, that we go over the fiscal cliff, and that was reflected today on the sunday shows from both democrats and republicans. take a listen. >> passing plan b, the other night, would not have changed the outcome. we were going to go over the cliff before. we're going to go over the cliff now because it's what the president wants. you cannot negotiate with someone who does
the fiscal cliff, but we are still going to have a lot of debate about how to deal with entitlements and spending cuts, and this is just showing that even after the election, washington teams paralyzed and unable to act, not very impressive. >> we felt so promising after the elections they wanted to work together, and you talk about the small deal, can they get it done? because boehner said, as far as reaching the deal, god only knows. >> if we go over the fiscal cliff where we get passed january 1st, things won't happen right away. there are automatic spending cuts that will take affect, and congress can come back and get legislation done. congress can prove to work quickly when it has to. i think the expectation is they come back after christmas and get the smaller deal done that at least puts off the idea of the fiscal cliff and then they have to come back and get back to the deficit-cutting deal if they can reach that later on. >> and president obama nominated john kerry as second of state. he has been in a good position to do this for a long time, and former nominee, of course,
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